London Exhibitions

Should We Be Amused by Guy Bourdin's Photographs, or Appalled?

Victoria Sadler | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The new exhibition of Guy Bourdin's photography at Somerset House presents us with a conundrum. There is no doubting the man's eye and talent for image creation, but these images were taken over 30 years ago and today, many of them are deeply uncomfortable, some of them arguably offensive.

'Women Fashion Power' Exhibition at Design Museum Does Not Always Get Balance Right

Victoria Sadler | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Design Museum's new exhibition Women Fashion Power examines how female fashion has changed in line with emancipation and showcases examples of how powerful women have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world. But by including the word 'power' in their exhibition title, I can't help but feel the Museum has set itself up for a fall.

Constructing Worlds Photography Exhibition at Barbican Centre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

From Depression-era America to 21st Century China, this vast display of photographs shows how our architecture reflects our values and how our landscape has been transformed by economic boom and bust, all of which has been evocatively captured in this vast exhibition that examines the work of 18 photographers.

Sherlock-Topia at Museum of London

Victoria Sadler | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The new Sherlock Holmes exhibition at the Museum of London is an incredibly dynamic, evocative display that brings to life the man and his city. A stunning and diverse range of rarities have been brought together for this show on the world's most popular fictional detective.

I Never Expected to See a Mermaid Fossil at the Science Museum...

Victoria Sadler | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

I think we can safely say that I never expected to see a mermaid fossil at the Science Museum. Nor photographs of a snake with legs or a flying monkey with a unicorn's horn. But welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Joan Fontcuberta and the new Stranger than Fiction exhibition of his work.

Superb Horst: Photographer of Style Exhibition at V&A

Victoria Sadler | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Horst: Photographer of Style exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum is a definitive retrospective on the work of master photographer Horst P. Horst (known simply as Horst), one of the leading photographers of the 20th century.

British Manufacturing the Focus in Open for Business - Science Museum

Victoria Sadler | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

In 2013, Magnum Photos and Multistory commissioned nine photographers to capture the state and spirit of British manufacturing - its variety, its people and its processes. Given the difficult economic conditions, that was quite a challenge. Yet the resulting exhibtion, Open for Business, is a fascinating insight into an industry that is surviving, even thriving, against quite extraordinary odds.

New Suffragettes Display at the National Portrait Gallery

Victoria Sadler | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Included in the display are a number of iconic images from the protests, including the funeral cortege for Emily Davison, the suffragette who died in a protest at Epsom Derby. Her funeral was an extraordinary occasion. Thousands of suffragettes accompanied the coffin, most of whom in the WSPU uniform of white, purple and green.

Moving and Insightful Virginia Woolf Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery

Victoria Sadler | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision at the National Portrait Gallery is the first exhibition to explore the life and achievements of Virginia Woolf through portraiture. There are over 140 items on display including paintings, photographs and rare archival material which together, really bring to life both the Bloomsbury Group and Virginia in particular.

A Fresh Approach to Flesh

Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams

Visualise a kind of living sculpture, half human half metal and picture the scene... Two people walk into a gallery, naked, and are taped to a sculptu...

Margaret Harrison's 'On Reflection' and George Bellows: 'Modern American Life'

Dr Michael Petry | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Dr Michael Petry

The gentle line of her candy coloured watercolours clash against the harshness of her themes to great effect. She says "The images, which reflect our cultures of masculinity and femininity collide with transgendered realities"...

A Question of Colour at Somerset House

Emily Luxton | Posted 27.01.2013 | Home
Emily Luxton

Although not all the answers are there, A Question of Colour is certainly a good response to Cartier-Bresson's unintended challenge. If anything, the exhibition shows how the development of colour photography over time has given a new dimension to street photography.